Maiden Lane is an Alphabet City bar that’s perfect for some casual day drinking. It’s friendly, there are plenty of windows, and they do a handful of seafood small plates. It feels like a real neighborhood spot, and we suggest you come here with friend or two early in the night.
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Upstate Craft Beer & Oyster Bar
Upstate Craft Beer & Oyster Bar is the ultimate neighborhood restaurant, with fresh seafood, friendly service, and free-flowing craft beer.
The neighborhood sushi joint of the East Village, Takahachi is affordable and filled with regulars.
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The Jeffrey is an Upper East Side East beer garden and espresso bar, with great bar snacks and excellent cocktails. Be happy you’ve heard of it.
JG Melon is an Upper East Side burger institution. It's also the best and cheapest thing you can hit for lunch after the Met.
Bill's Bar & Burger
We had hoped that instead of conforming to Midtown, Bill’s Bar and Burger would make Midtown conform to it. It did not.
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Ruffian is a tiny East Village bar with a huge natural wine list and a short menu of really good Mediterranean food.
Holiday Cocktail Lounge
Holiday Cocktail Lounge is a cross between a dive and a cocktail bar, and it's the sort of place you hope to find in the East Village.
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